- EnactedJune 25th, 2019The President signed this bill into law
- The senate Passed on a voice vote
- The house Passed on a voice vote
Committee on Natural ResourcesImmigration and CitizenshipIntroducedJanuary 15th, 2019
- house Committees
Long-term legal residents of the Northern Mariana Islands who aren’t currently eligible for permanent resident status are currently required to renew their temporary worker visas on an annual basis. Giving them a path to permanent legal resident status would eliminate this unnecessary bureaucratic barrier to their continued employment in the CNMI.
There’s already a specific visa, the CW-1 visa, for guest workers in the Northern Mariana Islands. While renewing the visa on a yearly basis might be annoying, it’s not an unreasonably high barrier for guest workers to stay in the CNMI. Just being in the CNMI for a long time isn’t a good reason for guest workers to become permanent residents in the Northern Mariana Islands.